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KLEM News AM Update August 5, 2010

(JOHNSTON)--A send-off ceremony for Troop C of the Iowa Army National Guard is planned in Le Mars this (Thursday) morning.

About 28-hundred members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team will report to mobilization at Camp Shelby, Mississippi for more training before a mission in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Brigade has been ordered to active duty under a partial mobilization call up . Guard officials say the mission is to provide full-spectrum operations in combat, support for the Afghan National Army and Police units and assistance to humanitarian relief efforts.

Troop C, First Squadron of the 113th Cavalry, with about 80 soldiers, will have a sendoff today (Thursday) at 9 am at Le Mars Community High School. The community is invited to attend.

A Community send-off is also planned in Sioux City for about 170 solders of Headquarters, and Headquarters Troop , 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, and Company D, 334h Brigade Support Battalion at 10:30 a.m. at Sioux City North High School.

NRCS District Conservationist says USDA programs offer soil erosion, runoff control funds

(LE MARS)--Funds for conservation programs are available to help reduce silt and corn stalks affecting storm water drainage in Le Mars.

That's the message Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Jim Lahn offers city officials, producers and landowners.

Lahn is providing city staff and Council members with information about voluntary programs such as terraces, small dams, grassed waterways and no-till farming.

Giving Schafer Park on 15th Street as an example, Mayor Dick Kirchoff said you wouldn't believe the maintenance time it takes to clean out some storm water drainage intakes that get plugged. 

Lahn says the Soil and Water Commissioners would like soil and water held as high on the hill as it can be.

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The Council last month increased fees that provide funds for storm water maintenance and improvements.  Lahn's information about state and or federal funds for farmers and other landowners to reduce erosion and runoff follows the Council and staff discussion.

Jeff Davis of the Plymouth County Farm Service Agency this week announced a new round of sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The C-R-P is a program that Lahn indicated has funds to assist in installing grassed waterways in drainage areas. He told Council member John Leonard state funds can be piggybacked with federal funds for the conservation practices.

Fair poll shows issue focus

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County's G-O-P Co-chair says he thinks an opinion poll from the Plymouth County Fair shows the field for President in 2012 is wide open.

Asked which Republican candidate the fair goers wanted to be the nominee in 2012, 25 percent chose former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. That's followed by 23 percent each for fomer Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Former Congressman Michigan Newt Gingrich received 17 percent. Others drawing support were Ron Paul, Bobby Jindahl, Tim Pawlenty, Jan Brewer and Rick Santorum.

The second question was what should be the number one priority of Iowa's Governor and Legislature in next year's legislative session.

The top percentage was 47 percent for allowing a Constitutional Referendum to define marriage as one man and one woman. That's followed by 16 percent for reducing the number of state employees and 15 percent for reforming the property tax system. Passing an ethanol update received nine percent followed by seven percent for addressing infrastructure needs and five percent for eliminating the federal deductibility for Iowa's Income Tax.

The county Republican Party released written results of the opinion poll conducted during the last four days of the Fair at the G-O-P Fair booth.

Co-Chair Don Kass comments the poll was meant to be a fun topic of conversation and to promote interest and thought about politics and the fall elections.

Kass notes there was a statistical three-way tie at the top in the Presidential field. Based on this, he says the right candidate, with the right message and the ability to get their points across could really make some headway, even if they were not on this list of choices. In Kass's words, "With no clear leader, everything is up for grabs."

As to the state issues, Kass says the message is clear: the definition of marriage is important to people and candidates who ignore it do so at their own risk.

Driver died of natural causes

(ORANGE CITY)--An Orange City woman who was found dead in her car Sunday afternoon four miles south of Orange City died of natural causes.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office reports 89-year-old Anna Groen of Orange City had been traveling north on Highway 60 when she had a medical emergency.

Authorities say the car coasted to a stop with a portion of the car still on the travelled portion of Highway 60.

A motorist called 911 when they found her unresponsive. The Sioux County Medical Examiner pronounced Groen dead  at the Orange City Area Health System.

Two injured in pickup and semi collision

(DICKENS)--Two people were taken to a hospital after a pickup truck struck a semi near Dickens early Wednesday.

The Clay County Sheriff's office reports 19-year-old Cody Bryon Hantelman of Ringstead was trying to get the cruise control engaged on the pickup truck he was driving.

When he looked up Hantelman told authorities he saw a semi tractor trailer driven by 27-year-old Landon Bradley Burhoop of Dow City was stopped. Hantelman told the sheriff's office he hit his brakes to try to prevent him from running into the back of the semi tractor trailer, but it was too late.

The impact of the crash caused the truck's cab to be sheared back into the passenger compartment. The passenger, Skylor Matthew Rice, had to be extricated by Dicken's Fire and Rescue. Rice and Hantelman were taken to a hospital in Spencer by ambulance. Rice was lifeflighted to a Sioux Falls hospital for further evaluation. According to the sheriff's office written information, the injuries did not seem to be life threatening.

Pedestrian dies in Yankton

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A Yankton woman died after being struck by a car in the downtown district.

Police say 27-year-old Angela Kosters was hit shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, apparently while attempting to cross a street.

Police are continuing to investigate and did not immediately file any charges.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

EPA approves list of 434 impaired waters in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Iowa's list of impaired waters, a step that will help the state's Department of Natural Resources set its priorities for improving water quality in the coming years.

EPA Administrator Karl Brooks says it's an important step toward reducing sources of water pollution in the state and ensuring cleaner water for Iowa residents.

Iowa's list added 183 bodies of water to previous lists and removed 54, bringing the total number of impaired waters in the state to 434.

Iowa federal prosecutor tapped as Army general

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) President Obama has nominated a Cedar Rapids-based assistant U.S. attorney to serve as brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and chief judge of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Iowa's Northern District announced Patrick Reinert's appointment Wednesday. As assistant U.S. attorney, the 49-year-old Reinert handles criminal prosecutions and serves as chief of the office's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He has been an assistant U.S. attorney in Iowa since 1990.

As an Army judge, Reinert is commander of the 150th Judge Advocate General Detachment in Alexandria, Virginia, an Army Reserve Unit composed of military judges presiding over court-martials worldwide. He was deployed from February 2005 to February 2006 and conducted over 90 courts-martial in Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 Wet weather leaves Waukee road a muddy mess

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) Soggy weather is complicating efforts to build a road to a new Waukee elementary school.

Duane Van Gorp, a district administrator, says the new Shuler Elementary School will be ready on time but that repeated rain has stopped workers from completing a road widening project, leaving a muddy mess.

Van Gorp says whenever crews would prepare to pave the road leading to the school, heavy rain would fall and stop their plans for days.

He says school will begin on time, but school officials will have to figure out how to get people to the building until the road can be finished.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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KLEM News PM Update August 4, 2010

(LE MARS)--Housing starts slowed in Le Mars in July. There weren't any permits for new houses.

Code enforcement officer Jason Vacura issued eight permits for just more one-point-one million dollars of estimated construction costs.

The largest construction project is the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex office and storage building. The permit is for 637-thousand dollars for the building at 225 Fourth Avenue Southeast. Groundbreaking is set for Tuesday.

Le Mars Agri-Center received a permit for new grain storage and drying at 224 Second Avenue Northeast. The project cost is about 490-thousand dollars.

There were two permits for home remodeling projects totalling just over seven-thousand dollars.

The city's building permit report for last month also listed one permit for a sign and two accessory buildings.

Since January there have been 62 permits for construction of just over six-million dollars.

Railroad work will close area on Otter Avenue

(LE MARS)--A portion of a Plymouth County road will be closed for a railroad crossing repair west of Oyens tomorrow (Thursday).

According to engineer Tom Rohe, the C-N-N Railroad has replaced a bridge just east of Otter Avenue and needs to resurface and realign the tracks through Otter Avenue.

The work will be on Otter Avenue, from Highway Three to 160th Street, beginning at 7:30 Thursday morning and ending at noon.

Today there's crossing work at James on county road C-70, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road. Due to a change in a project completion, Plymouth County Road C-70 at James, between Highway 75 and Imperial Road,  will not  reopen today and will be closed Thursday.

King hosts Town Hall meeting Tuesday

(SIOUX CITY)--Congressman Steve King will be in Sioux City Tuesday to host a Town Hall meeting.

King announced the meeting to hear from his constituents at the Siouxland . The meeting is Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-2:30 at the Siouxland center for Active Generations .

Sweet corn vendors won't lose their spots near Moville

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Farmers can keep selling sweet corn and other produce at a busy interchange near Sioux City after the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to abolish parking along a highway.

County Engineer Mark Nahra had proposed prohibiting parking near an intersection with U.S. Highway 20 on the edge of Moville. That would have stopped farmers from selling produce there as they've done for more than a decade.

Nahra argued the vendors obstructed motorists' visibility.

But supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday against the plan, noting no one had been injured at the intersection.

Two produce sellers had presented a petition signed by 558 people who didn't want the makeshift market closed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Person of interest sought by federal and local authorities

(SOUTH SIOUX CITY)--South Sioux City Police say they want to find a man who is a person of interest in their investigation of a bank robbery.

The Dakota County Bank in South Sioux City was robbed Monday afternoon.

Information was released today (Wednesday) by South Sioux City Police listing 57-year-old Edward Harold Corey as a person of interest. Authorities say he was operating a white van which was also listed as the type of vehicle the suspect in the South Sioux City bank drove away in. The van was recovered in Sioux City Tuesday.

Anyone with information about Corey, a six-foot-one-inch tall man who weighs 180 pounds and has a mole on his left cheek, is asked to contact their local law enforcement, the South Sioux City Police Department or the U-S Marshall's office.

The Marshall's office is trying to locate Corey to arrest him for a charge of escape.

Reward offered for Dickinson County shooting

(SPIRIT LAKE)-The Dickinson County Sheriff's office is looking for information about a shooting near Milford.

Authorities received a report Monday that a horse and cat had been shot in the 24-hundred block of 202nd Street.

Authorities report the horse was treated by a veterinarian, but the cat was found dead. The shooting may have occurred between 11:15 and 11:45 Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dickinson County Sheriff's department or the county's Crimestoppers program which is offering a $200 reward for information that leads to an arrest. A reward of one-thousand dollars has been posted by the Tom Ritzer family for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved.

 Judgment is next step in prosecution of teen for church fire

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) The trial has concluded for a teenage boy accused of setting a Yankton church on fire last year.

The judge is expected to issue a judgment after a two-week period for lawyers to file briefs.

The boy was 14 at the time of the fire at St. John's Lutheran Church and has not been identified. If he is found to be a delinquent child, he could be imprisoned until he is 21, be fined or lose his driver's license.

The closed trial started last week but was delayed after a subpoenaed witness failed to show. The person appeared in court Tuesday.

St. John's Lutheran Church sustained $2 million in damage in the April 2009 blaze. Rebuilding took a year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Dam could be power producer when re-built

LAKE DELHI, Iowa (AP) The president of a group that owns the failed Lake Delhi dam says the structure will be rebuilt and might again produce hydroelectric power.

Lake Delhi Recreation Association President Jim Willey says an engineering company is working on plans to rebuild the dam, originally constructed in 1927. The eastern Iowa dam failed July 24 after floodwaters broke through earthen sections, draining a nine-mile lake.

The dam generated power until the 1970s, and Willey says a rebuilt dam could do so again. That could help finance reconstruction.

Aides plan to offer Gov. Chet Culver options for state aid by Friday.

Truck carrying chemical overturns in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A tanker-truck carrying sodium hydroxide has overturned on an interstate on-ramp in Cedar Rapids, releasing a small amount of the chemical and forcing closure of an overpass.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman Greg Buelow says the tanker overturned on the Interstate 380 northbound on-ramp about 6 a.m. Wednesday, prompting firefighters to establish a 150 feet ``safe zone'' around the truck. The Wright Brothers Boulevard overpass between the freeway exits was included in the closure area.

Sodium hydroxide is an irritant to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

The driver of the truck, 39-year-old Joe Short of Colona, Ill., was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was driving the chemical from Muscatine to Red Star Yeast in Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Crews apparently have succeeded in ridding a Des Moines municipal building of bedbugs by turning up the heat to 140 degrees.

A company hired by the city used special equipment to pump hot air into the Armory Building in downtown Des Moines. The move, which cost about $4,750, was used after previous extermination efforts failed.

City officials think someone intentionally infested the building with bedbugs, which live in the crevices and folds of mattresses, sofas and sheets. They emerge to feed on human blood.

Police say they continue to investigate the matter.

The Armory Building houses Des Moines' Community Development department, which issues building permits, handles property inspections and oversees various development and strategic planning efforts.

Scott County pork producer seeks expansion

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) A Scott County pork producer wants to nearly double its operation, but some residents are arguing that the planned expansion is too large.

Grandview Farms in Eldridge wants to increase its number of hogs from 3,000 to more than 5,000. Operator Tom Dittmer told Scott County commissioners on Tuesday that the increased manure could be handled properly and not harm the environment.

But some residents oppose the plans.

Molly Regan argues the expansion would produce too much manure to spread over farmland, threatening the air, soil and water.

A public hearing will be held on the matter Thursday night in Davenport.

Cedar Rapids succeeding in parking ticket effort

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) An effort to collect unpaid parking tickets in Cedar Rapids is paying off with a contractor reporting about $230,000 in receipts.

When Republic Parking won a contract to oversee the city's downtown parking, one of its goals was to collect the unpaid tickets, which stood at about $600,000.

General Manager Jon Rouse says a new effort has helped in collection efforts. If a car has five or more unpaid tickets, workers can tow it after the next ticket.

Rouse estimates there still are about 20,000 unpaid parking tickets.

To make parking easier, Rouse says credit card machines will be installed in parking ramps in the next few months. They could be installed along streets by next spring.

Wet weather leaves Waukee road a muddy mess

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) Soggy weather is complicating efforts to build a road to a new Waukee elementary school.

Superintendent Duane Van Gorp says the new Shuler Elementary School will be ready on time but that repeated rain has stopped workers from completing a road widening project, leaving a muddy mess.

Van Gorp says whenever crews would prepare to pave the road leading to the school, heavy rain would fall and stop their plans for days.

He says school will begin on time, but school officials will have to figure out how to get people to the building until the road can be finished.

Flood ravaged bridge being replaced

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) Crews in Charles City will soon begin piecing together prefabricated parts of a pedestrian bridge, replacing a 102-year-old suspension bridge that was destroyed by flooding in 2008.

City Administrator Tom Brownlow says all six prefabricated pieces of the bridge have arrived and that workers should have them connected across the Cedar River within a couple weeks.

Federal money is largely paying for the $3 million project.

Brownlow says after the bridge is built, crews still need to finish approaches and other site work.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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